Hudson, FL

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Hudson is a city of about 13,000 residents located in the greater Tampa area, in Pasco County, Florida.  Street prostitution is a well-documented problem in a number of communities in the county (e.g., New Port Richey, Hudson, Tarpon Springs), particularly along the U.S 19 highway corridor, has generated a wide range of complaints from businesses and residents. Prostitution-related violence has also been documented, such as a case in 2013 in which a man posed as a police officer in order to rape prostituted women along route 19.

In order to combat consumer-level demand for prostitution, the New Port Richey Police Department has  collaborated with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office for undercover operations, including the “One Trick Pony” reverse sting occurring in March 2014.  Seven sex buyers were arrested in the operation, and the identities and addresses of arrestees were disclosed and carried in news outlets.

Key Partners

  • Hudson Police Department
  • Pasco County Sheriff’s Office

Key Sources

State Florida
Type City
Population 12765
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